The UCLA Scholars in Oncologic Molecular Imaging (SOMI) Program is a unique postdoctoral training program for early career biological researchers and physicians who desire to develop novel imaging approaches for cancer research. Molecular imaging provides powerful and sensitive tools to observe and measure the molecules, molecular processes, and events that distinguish malignant from normal tissues. Oncologic molecular imaging combines the disciplines of cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, physics, biomathematics and bioinformatics, pharmacology, imaging sciences, and clinical medicine to advance cancer research, diagnosis, and management.
Postdoctoral fellows, with backgrounds from across the basic sciences and medicine, will participate in an integrated, cross-disciplinary training program under the mentorship of a diverse group of basic science and clinical faculty members representing 7 departments and 6 divisions in the David Geffen School of Medicine, the College of Letters and Sciences, and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. The centerpiece of the program is the opportunity to conduct innovative molecular imaging research co-mentored by two faculty members from complementary disciplines. The overall goal is to develop and apply new probes and technologies to the molecular understanding of cancer in living organisms, and advancement of applications in human disease. Fellows also engage in specialized coursework, seminars, and a clinical tutorial program. Graduates of SOMI will be uniquely trained to lead research programs to apply molecular imaging to critical challenges in cancer detection and management.
Support is provided for salary, supplies and travel, for up to three years. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or M.D. degree and must be either a US citizen or permanent resident. We are particularly interested in recruiting trainees who are underrepresented minorities or come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
The SOMI postdoctoral training program is currently on hiatus. For alternative opportunities in molecular imaging training, please contact individually Crump Institute faculty members in your area of interest.
Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging
570 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1770
campus mail code: 177010
phone: (310) 825-4903
fax: (310) 206-8975